Richmond, VA Organizations Celebrate With a Virtual Scavenger Hunt

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Ready for a challenge? How about a virtual scavenger hunt? Fifteen Richmond, Virginia area historical and cultural organizations, all celebrating Virginia history and National Scavenger Hunt Day (May 24th) together. What better way than to create the RVA History Hunt. A chance to explore each organizations’ website in search of answers. COVID-19 forced museums and cultural centers to close. Go keyboard exploring. More details about the hunt are here. The organizations involved in the hunt are:

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Looking for a Challenge? Try Historic Old Town Fairfax’s Scavenger Hunt

Historic Old Town Fairfax (Fairfax City, VA) is having a scavenger hunt! Seven clues in the challenge. A brochure with details is on the Fairfax City website. The scavenger hunt starts at the corner of Main Street and East Street. There is a small public parking lot on one corner of the intersection. You can also park at Main St Marketplace on the opposite corner. There are seven buildings to find during a four-block walk. Support small businesses with a visit to the shops at Main St Marketplace, Commonwealth Dry Goods, or De Clieu Coffee while you search (grab & go only). Good luck on the hunt! Let me know if you found them all.

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The Historic House Museum Consortium – The NOVA List

The Historic House Museum Consortium of Metropolitan Washington D.C. is a collection of over 40 sites in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia (NOVA), and suburban Maryland. All the sites are open to the public as museums and historic attractions. The sites in Northern Virginia include:

  1. Aldie Mill Historic Park (Aldie, VA)
  2. Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial (Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA)
  3. Ben Lomond Historic Site (Manassas, VA)
  4. Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center (Fairfax City, VA)
  5. Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre (Bristow, VA)
  6. Carlyle House Historic Park (Alexandria, VA)
  7. Cherry Hill Farmhouse (Falls Church, VA)
  8. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site (Great Falls, VA)
  9. Friendship Firehouse Museum (Alexandria, VA)
  10. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (Alexandria, VA)
  11. George C. Marshall’s Dodona Manor (Leesburg, VA)
  12. George Washington’s Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, VA)
  13. Gunston Hall (Mason Neck, VA)
  14. Historic Green Spring (Alexandria, VA)
  15. Historic Huntley (Alexandria, VA)
  16. Lee-Fendall House Museum (Alexandria, VA)
  17. Morven Park (Leesburg, VA)
  18. Oatlands (Leesburg, VA)
  19. Ratcliffe-Allison House & Kitty Pozer Garden (Fairfax, VA)
  20. Rippon Lodge Historic Site (Woodbridge, VA)
  21. Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum (Alexandria, VA)
  22. Sully Historic Site (Chantilly, VA)
  23. Weems-Botts Museum (Dumfries, VA)
  24. Woodlawn – Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House (Alexandria, VA)

I visited two of the sites on this list:

Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

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Historic Blenheim House & The Civil War Interpretive Center – The Virtual Tour (Fairfax City, VA)

Museum details | Historic Blenheim House & The Civil War Interpretive Center | 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030 (Fairfax City)| 703-591-0560 | Free admission except during Fairfax History Day activities. There’s also a fee for group tours| Free Parking | Four buildings on 12-acre grounds. The buildings are the Historic Blenheim House, the Civil War Interpretive Center (photos below), Grandma’s Cottage, and the Dairy Barn Complex. | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn (unclaimed profile) | Wikipedia

Read my previous posts – Historic Blenheim House & The Civil War Interpretive Center and Historic Blenheim House & The Civil War Interpretive Center – The Buildings (Fairfax City, VA).

COVID-19 Warning: All the buildings on the Historic Blenheim (Willcoxon Farm) campus are closed until further notice. Public tours and event space rentals are not available as well. There is a message on the museum’s voicemail inviting everyone to walk the grounds.

I recommend walking around the 12-acre grounds. Paths are connecting all the buildings. The parking lot is closed (gate with a padlock). However, street parking is available.

You can see inside some of the buildings from the comfort of your home. There are short videos on Historic Blenheim’s Facebook Page & City of Fairfax YouTube Channel that tell the rich history of the campus. Explore Historic Blenheim, at home, in your favorite chair! Here is a list:

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Historic Blenheim House & The Civil War Interpretive Center – The Buildings (Fairfax City, VA)

Museum details | Historic Blenheim House & The Civil War Interpretive Center | 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030 (Fairfax City)| 703-591-0560 | Free admission except during Fairfax History Day activities. There’s also a fee for group tours| Free Parking | Four buildings on 12-acre grounds. The buildings are the Historic Blenheim House, the Civil War Interpretive Center (photos below), Grandma’s Cottage, and the Dairy Barn Complex. | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn (unclaimed profile) | Wikipedia

Read my first post on Historic Blenheim House & The Civil War Interpretive Center.

The Civil War Interpretive Center

Historic Blenheim House

Grandma’s Cottage

The Dairy Barn Complex

Boxwood Garden and the Willcoxon Family Cemetery

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Historic Blenheim House & The Civil War Interpretive Center (Fairfax City, VA)

It was time to scratch my history itch. I love to visit museums. However, they’re all closed due to COVID-19. It’s the weekend of Memorial Day. I had to do something. Curiosity drove me to call the next museum on my list. To hear what the voicemail says. The next museum is the Historic Blenheim House & The Civil War Interpretive Center in Fairfax City, Virginia.

Museum details | Historic Blenheim House & The Civil War Interpretive Center | 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030 (Fairfax City)| 703-591-0560 | Free admission except during Fairfax History Day activities. There’s also a fee for group tours| Free Parking | Three buildings on 12-acre grounds. The buildings are the Historic Blenheim House, the Civil War Interpretive Center (photos below), and Grandma’s Cottage. | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn (unclaimed profile)

The voicemail greeting explained the house and center were closed for due to COVID-19. All historical programs at the center are canceled. Event space rentals are not available until further notice. The public is welcome to walk around the buildings was the last point on the message.

I decided to take up the offer and go for a walk!

There’s an interesting display near the entrance. A message from the center staff to all visitors:

There’s also a post on the center’s Facebook page with photos and details about the shoes.

More to come …

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Virginia Waterfalls

dreamstime_xs_25473158-hill-with-waterfalls-landscapeVirginia has twenty-six waterfalls throughout the state. I will visit and photograph each of them. You can see photos and details on each waterfall at the Virginia State Tourism Website.

I’m gathering more information from the World Waterfall Database and the World of Waterfalls website. There is also a Virginia Waterfalls page on Facebook, and the Virginia is for Waterfall Lovers group on Facebook.

The waterfalls in Virginia are as follows:

Scotts Run Waterfall
Great Falls National Park
Overall Run Falls
Hazel Falls
Whiteoak Canyon
Dark Hollow Falls
South River Falls
Doyles River Falls
White Rock Falls
Mine Bank Cascades
Saint Marys Waterfall
Crabtree Falls
Statons Falls
Lace Falls
Apple Orchard Falls
Stony Run Falls
Blue Suck Falls
Falling Spring Falls
Roaring Run Falls
Waterfalls of Falls Ridge Preserve
Cascade Falls
Dismal Falls
Chestnut Creek Falls
Jones Hollow Falls
Comers Creek Falls
Little Stony Falls

 

Virginia Museums Preserving African-American History & Culture III

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I was curious about how many African American museums are in the state of Virginia. I did some research online. I’m a metro ride from DC, so I included the two museums I found there as well. Here is the list:

  1. National Museum of African American History and Culture (DC)
  2. African American Civil War Memorial & Museum (DC)
  3. Legacy Museum-African American (Lynchburg, VA)
  4. Harrison Museum Of African-American Culture (Roanoke, VA)
  5. The Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia (Richmond VA)
  6. Alexandria Black History Museum (Alexandria, VA)
  7. African American Cultural Center of Virginia Beach (Virginia Beach, VA)
  8. The Black Heritage Museum (Arlington, VA)
  9. The African American Experience (Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center)
  10. Gum Springs Historical Society Museum (Gum Springs, VA)
  11. Hampton University Museum (Hampton, VA)
  12. John Jasper Museum / Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church (Richmond, VA)
  13. Laurel Grove School Museum (Alexandria, VA)
  14. The Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center (Newport News, VA)
  15. African American Historic Sites Trail

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